Jagdalpur: On an average, four to five jawans lose their life every month in the Bastar district alone. In the past, Maoists have raised hell in the district in the years 2007 and 2010.
To counter the naxal threat, security forces have been deputed in Bastar ever since Chhattisgarh attained statehood. And the strength of district police has always been bolstered by the presence of BSF, CRPF, STF, CAF, CISF’s jawans and forces.
Joint operations have been run in all seven districts of Bastar to counter naxal terror. Yet naxals have never missed a chance to attacks jawans and officials in the the district, This to the extent that in the past 11 years and 5 months — 600 jawans and officials have lost their life in the anti-naxal operations.
In terms of fatalities, the year 2004 saw only 5 deaths, while 123 lost their life in 2007. Naxal terror peaked during the year 2010, when 146 jawans lost their life.
On the other side, 4234 naxal criminal activities were reported from the Bastar division in between 2001 and 2010. This figure has since crosses 4500.